week, police forces around Europe took action against what is
believed to be one of the worlds largest pirate IPTV networks.
The investigation, launched a year ago and coordinated by
Europol, came to head on Tuesday when police carried out raids in
Cyprus, Bulgaria, Greece, and the Netherlands. A fresh announcement
from the crime-fighting group reveals the scale of the
It was led by the Cypriot Police Intellectual Property Crime
Unit, with the support of the Cybercrime Division of the Greek
Police, the Dutch Fiscal Investigative and Intelligence Service
(FIOD), the Cybercrime Unit of the Bulgarian Police, Europols
Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC), and
supported by members of the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance
In Cyprus, Bulgaria and Greece, 17 house searches were carried
out. Three individuals aged 43, 44, and 53 were arrested in Cyprus
and one was arrested in Bulgaria.
All stand accused of being involved in an international
operation to illegally broadcast around 1,200 channels of pirated
content to an estimated 500,000 subscribers. Some of the channels
offered were illegally sourced from Sky UK, Bein Sports, Sky
Italia, and Sky DE. On Thursday, the three individuals in Cyprus
were remanded in custody for seven days.
The servers used to distribute the channels were shut down, and
IP addresses hosted by a Dutch company were also deactivated thanks
to the cooperation of the authorities of The Netherlands, Europol
In Bulgaria, 84 servers and 70 satellite receivers were seized,
with decoders, computers and accounting documents.
TorrentFreak was previously able to establish that
Megabyte-Internet Ltd, an ISP located in the small Bulgarian town
Petrich, was targeted by police. The provider went down on Tuesday
but returned towards the end of the week. Responding to our earlier
inquiries, the company told us more about the situation.
We are an ISP provider located in Petrich, Bulgaria. We are
selling services to around 1,500 end-clients in the Petrich area
and surrounding villages, a spokesperson explained.
Another part of our business is internet services like dedicated
unmanaged servers, hosting, email servers, storage services, and
The spokesperson added that some of Megabytes equipment is
located at Telepoint, Bulgarias
biggest datacenter, with connectivity to Petrich. During the raid
the police seized the companys hardware to check for evidence of
We were informed by the...